ROCKPORT & BARBOUR AUTUMN 2011 MEN’S COLLABORATION

The collaboration originated based on the brands’ shared set of ideals of quality and technology

Canton, MA (September, 2011)The Rockport Company ® Rockport is proud to announce a limited edition men’s design collaboration with leading heritage and lifestyle brand, Barbour launching November 2011 for this Holiday season.  This is the first time that Rockport and Barbour have collaborated on a limited edition collection that will be available in the UK.

The collaboration originated based on the brands’ shared set of ideals of quality and technology.  Each company has an unwavering commitment to quality products that can be seen in a wide array of executions from dress shoes to boots and from jackets to sweaters.  Barbour pioneered the method of using oilskins which today is translated through their proprietary waxed cotton fabrics to keep seafarers, labourers, farmers and today, city dwellers, safe from the harsh cold and wet weather.  Similarly Rockport pioneered the use of advanced athletic technologies to enhance overall walking comfort in leather dress shoes.

“We’re glad we could bring the collaboration with Barbour to the UK for the Autumn 2011 season,” says Matthew O’Connor, General Manager UK and Ireland, Rockport.  “Barbour has an amazing heritage and their fabric technologies are known worldwide.  We are very happy to be working with them.”

Gary Burnand, Director of Global Marketing & Strategy, Barbour said “We are delighted to be working with Rockport on this collaboration.  They share our passion for quality and innovation and have incorporated strong elements of Barbour’s heritage within these exclusive designs. This is one of many exciting projects reflecting Barbour’s renewed commitment to the footwear area to truly fill all the lifestyle spaces in the wardrobe.”

Rockport (est. 1971) and Barbour (est. 1894) share a rich heritage and have combined their long design traditions to create a limited edition men’s collection with 3 distinct styles: the Breaktrail Plain Toe Boot, Cap Toe Boot and the Chukka Boot.  The Rockport and Barbour collaboration features authentic Barbour waxed cotton fabric, Barbour heritage tartan lining, Barbour hardware as well as the construction and design footwear cues that Rockport has come to be known for.

About Rockport

The Rockport Company, LLC, is a leading brand within the Adidas Group corporate portfolio and one of the most recognized footwear brands in the United States. Rockport has a heritage of innovation and offers stylish, comfortable footwear for men and women worldwide. The Rockport Company, LLC, was established in the United States in 1971 and is headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts. The company currently distributes footwear to more than 55 markets worldwide.

About Barbour

J Barbour & Sons Ltd was founded in 1894 and has always been based in South Shields in the North East of England.  Barbour is a 5th generation, family owned business. A leading lifestyle brand, Barbour offers a complete wardrobe of clothes including the iconic wax jackets, waterproof breathable jackets, wools, quilts, shirts, knitwear, trousers and accessories in over 40 countries worldwide. Barbour’s customer service is unique – wax jackets can be returned at any time for rewaxing, repairs or alteration.  For further information please visit www.barbour.com.

Product Information:

Plain Toe Boot

  • Tall, lace-up plain toe boot with gold grommet detailing
  • Durable rubber soles
  • Upper is a combination of premium leather and Barbour waxed cotton fabric
  • Available in olive colourway
  • Retail price: £160/ €190

Cap Toe Boot

  • Tall, lace-up cap toe boot with gold grommet detailing
  • Upper is a combination of premium leather and Barbour waxed cotton fabric
  • Available in olive colourway
  • Retail price: £170/ €200

Chukka Boot

  • Chukka boot lace up style
  • Upper is a combination of premium leather and Barbour waxed cotton fabric
  • Available in olive colourway
  • Retail price: £150/ €170

The Rockport & Barbour collaboration will be available beginning November 2011 at Stuarts of London

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